Friday, February 28, 2014

Preserving the North Shore of Long Island

One of the strong conservation groups on Long Island is the North Shore Land Alliance.  For those of you who don't know much about the north shore of Long Island, it is one of the most beautiful parts of Long Island.  It is very hilly since it is an end moraine of the continental ice sheet.  Thus, there was limited farming.  It remains largely forested today.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, the area became the home of large estates.  This is the land of Gatsby, Walt Whitman, and Teddy Roosevelt.  Places like Oyster Bay, Sands Point, and Glen Cove are well known to historians and lovers of American literature.

In the last 20 years, the area has undergone tremendous development pressures.  More people have discovered the beauty of the north shore.  With the New York Metro Region at it's doorstep, the north shore of the island has become one of the top commuting residences for many who work in New York City.
Within this context, The North Shore Land Alliance is working to preserve as much open space as they can.  Check out the video below to learn of their work over the last 10 years.  Without their efforts, many areas of the north shore of Long Island would be under concrete that are now preserved.

How does your community preserve open space?  

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